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Scientific name: Vacciniumn recticulatum
Hawaiian Name: —
Classification: Kingdom: Plantae. Phylum: Dicotyledonae. Family: Ericaeae.
Distribution: All main Hawaiian Islands except Lana‘i, Ni‘ihau, and Kaho‘olawe.
‘Ohelo berry pie is something you can only get in Hawai‘i! This plant is found on most of the main Hawaiian islands and is a pioneer on lava flows. When hiking in the hot, dry Ka‘u desert, it is a delight to come across these plants full of ripe berries to snack on. But remember to offer some to the goddess Pele first!
|Photo © William P. Mull|